Medwedeff Forge & Design produces large-scale public and site-specific sculpture, sculpture for exhibitions, and high-end architectural pieces for commercial, museum, public and residential projects. John Medwedeff established his studio in 1988 in Murphysboro, IL. His 6000 square foot space encompasses all of the equipment of a contemporary sculpture studio, a traditional blacksmith shop, as well as industrial metalworking technologies. A 30-foot tall crane bay allows for the vertical construction of very large pieces. 

John Medwedeff designs and directs each project. He moves complex projects from the design stage through installation, coordinating efforts with those of clients, community arts groups, architects and general contractors while guaranteeing the master craftsmanship of finished work.

Most work is created on commission. If you would like to discuss commissioning a work for your city, business, home or other site, contact us at 618.521.7429 or e-mail



John Medwedeff has been creating sculpture, site-specific architectural ironwork, and furniture for over thirty years. His work is represented in numerous collections and exhibitions in the United States, including the Illinois State Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Medwedeff has been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts, including WTTW Chicago’s program Arts Across Illinois; the HEPHAISTOS Yearbook 2006 (Peter Elgass’ “Metall Design International,” Germany), Direct Metal Sculpture and The Contemporary Blacksmith (both books by Dona Meilach), and the journals Art & Antiques, Architectural Digest, American Craft, This Old House, Metalsmith, The Anvil’s Ring, Fabricator, and Sculpture.


Following a three-year blacksmithing apprenticeship with James Wallace at the National Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, he earned his BFA and MFA degrees in art from SIU Carbondale. As an educator, he has taught workshops at numerous universities, craft schools, and symposia, including Washington University in St. Louis and Penland School for Crafts in North Carolina. He's been running Medwedeff Forge & Design since 1988.

Follow our rascally shop cat here. Her name is Pest Control and she loves the anvil when it's warm. 


Our Team


















Studio Supervisor Megan Robin-Abbott started blacksmithing in high school as an apprentice to Dean Rose, a very patient local blacksmith. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and continued to work as a blacksmith for different shops before coming to Medwedeff Forge & Design. Megan has traveled as a journeyman blacksmith in Europe and the UK and has demonstrated with crews nationally and internationally. She takes great joy in spoiling the shop cat. Megan has been with Medwedeff Forge & Design since 2010.


























Fabricator Sarah Dorau is an alumnus from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Sculpture and Ceramics. She spent several years in Memphis, Tennessee as a foundry apprentice at the Metal Museum, interned at Franconia Sculpture Park in Schaeffer Minnesota, and studied abroad in Toronto, Canada. An avid supporter of cast iron art, she has participated in art foundry invitationals, shows, and conferences all over the country. Sarah enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her dog Dédé. Sarah has been with us since 2019.























Blacksmith Gabriel Chaille is from Champaign, Illinois and is a graduate of Hereford College of Arts with a BA in Artist Blacksmithing. He joined Medwedeff Forge & Design in 2016. In 2018 he traveled to Italy to spend a few months working with Roberto Giordani and in 2019 began pursuing his MFA in Metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University. When not working with metal, Gabe enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time outdoors.
















Holden Dodson is a student at SIUC College of Business studying Business Economics. Currently he is interning for Medwedeff Forge and Design, advising new campaigns, managing social media accounts, and dabbling in some IT work. Holden grew up in a family business and knows what it takes to get the job done. Since his time at SIUC, he has been applying skills taught in the classroom to his own design ambitions in the fashion market. 

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